The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Wednesday, Debtember 22, 2010

How a Japanese cookie lead to 110 Powerball winners and, by the way, we learn who General Tso was and why we love his chicken so much

Game Day Dinner on Sunday was Chinese take-out food (you know, a tradition for the holiday season). While ordering, the topic of General Tso's Chicken came up, because the menu for the local Chinese restaurant was written in Engrish and came out as General Tao's Chicken.

I normally wouldn't even bother mentioning this, but I just now came across this fantastic talk on General Tso's Chicken (who is also making a documentary about General Tso's Chicken) that goes into not only the history of this classic dish, but makes the point that it is a thoroughly American dish (created by a Taiwanese chef in 1970s New York City).

Oh, about the title? That's also covered in the talk, which reminded me a bit of Connections, that wonderful television series by James Burke.

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